UBITEC collaborates with University of Houston
An interview with Muneeb Hassan, Chief Operating
Officer of UBITEC
By Syed M. Aslam
Aug 20 - 26 , 2001
UBITEC is a joint venture of financial institutions,
educationists and entrepreneurs including Islamic Investment Bank, Key
Ventures UK, the Group Director of Al-Futtaim Group UAE Mr Z.U. Sabri
and Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, an eminent educationist who has helped
developed such prestigious institutions as Lahore University of
Management Sciences and Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.
In a short period of less than a year, UBITEC
Institute of Business & Information Technology has established
itself as a quality institution not only in education but also software
development and consultancy. What sets UBITEC apart from other
institutions is that it mixes IT and Business education to groom
students to excel in both these disciplines, a rare combination
Equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs, cabling
to accommodate 200 PCs, latest branded equipment and licensed software
housed in a four-storey building on main Sharah-e-Faisal, UBITEC now
offers Bachelors degree in Computer Sciences (BS) and Business
Administration (BBA) in collaboration with University of Houston-Clear
Lake (UHCL), a State University of USA. Both are 4-year programs spread
over two semesters a year. This is in addition to certificate and
diploma programs already offered by UBITEC since it started operations
in October last year. UBITEC offers a complete range of beginner to
advanced level courses in Information Technology and Management skills.
Diploma and certificate courses are offered in Java, e-commerce, web
development and office automation.
PAGE talked to the Chief Operating Officer of
UBITEC, Muneeb Hassan, about its collaboration with UHCL. This is the
first time in Pakistan that a Bachelors degree is being offered in
collaboration with a State University of USA. He said that UBITEC's
philosophy has always been to develop students into well rounded
professionals with strong technical and business skills, a requirement
much missed by the industry here.
"What sets us apart from the rest is the fact
that ours is a collaboration rather than a franchise. The philosophy and
vision of UBITEC matches entirely with that of UHCL."
UHCL is a State University and a part of the
University of Houston System that caters to over 50,000 students. Its
sprawling campus is spread over 524 acres adjacent to NASA's Johnson
Space Centre. It has active presence in 12 countries including Mexico,
Sri Lanka, Sharjah, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Japan, China, India, The
Netherlands, Slovakia and now, Pakistan.
UHCL is the second university in the world to offer a
Masters in Computer Science. It also hold AASED, the highest
accreditation for business schools in the US.
Muneeb told PAGE that UHCL will help UBITEC in
developing into a self-standing university by 2003. "UHCL will
transfer knowledge, syllabi and text books for our students to help us
maintain the highest standards of education in Pakistan." UBITEC
has already applied for NOC from the University Grants Commission.
"Thereafter we will apply for the award of charter for a degree
We have decided to select students who meet our
minimum admission criteria, i.e., a minimum of 60 per cent marks in
Intermediate or A levels, a Toefl score of 550 and clearance of the
aptitude test. This is to ensure that the students are capable of
undergoing the rigorous education.
We offer many choices to our students. The first four
semesters or first two years of both the BS and BBA degree programs
comprise of almost similar syllabus to help strengthen the foundation of
our students. The last two years of the programs, on the other hand,
differ entirely and becomes highly technical to focus on Business or
Computer Science. Students would be able to choose their area of
specialisation even in the third year of the programs.
Students may transfer to UHCL, with full credits,
after successful completion of at least 2 years at UBITEC. This means
that the students would have to only study for two more years at UHCL.
In addition, they would also have the facility to transfer to other
partners of UHCL including the ones in Sri Lanka, Sharjah and Mexico.
Under one roof
UBITEC is more than a Business and IT institute. It
offers and combines such services as teaching, education, IT training,
management development programs, research, software development and
consultancy all under one roof. It can help assist to develop small or
large area networks, wide area networks and enterprise-wide
communication capabilities. Some of the services offered by UBITEC
include LAN and WAN implementation, evaluation and planning, network
design, communication protocols, network management systems and client
support services. Students would be encouraged to get internship or job
in all these areas, Muneeb added.